Fitness is widely accepted as being good for our bodies but being physically fit has enormous implications for our mental health and wellbeing, creating opportunities for social interaction, developing relationships, building confidence, self esteem and mental wellbeing.
This holds true for people of all ages but fitness is particularly important as we get older and move into our senior years. The UK government recommend that older people aged 65 or over, who are generally fit and have no health conditions that limit their mobility, do 2.5 hours of moderate aerobic exercise a week. This could include brisk walking, ballroom dancing or even chair-based exercises.
Keeping fit helps you maintain your strength and balance whilst reducing the risk of falls and illness.
Research has shown that adults participating in daily physical exercise have a 20-30% lower risk of depression and dementia.
With a reported 59% of people saying that they are more stressed now then they were 5 years ago and with 43% of people suffering from daily stress keeping fit can also help reduce sick days and improve your performance at work.
You may be interested in learning how I can integrate Boxing training techniques and methods to stimulate your mind, boost your self-belief and enhance your wellbeing. It’s a great way to build self-esteem and respect particularly if you lack physical confidence. You can learn to channel and focus aggression as a positive way to relieve stress.